The Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art presents Catharsis II

The Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art presents Catharsis II, a sequel exhibition to Catharsis I, featuring artists Frederick Botchway, John Edem Tamakloe and Simon Bowman Jr. In 2019, The Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art, supported by the MTN Ghana Foundation, continues its efforts in supporting shortlisted artists of the 2018 Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art through 4 exhibitions dubbed “Catharsis”. The second exhibition of the series, dubbed Catharsis II will once again focus on artists working with photography. Edem Tamakloe’s body of work is intrinsically inspired by his architectural background. The self-taught photographer invites his audience to see their immediate environment with a novel regard, focusing on the indiscernible, heights, lights, shadows and volumes. Fredrick Botchway couples photography and painting into single pieces through a reinvented oil painting technique. His recent body of work takes cues from Western Academic painting traditions, iconographies of babies in medieval paintings, and Ghana’s baby photography scene in the late 20th century. The work perhaps prompted the question if anything new can be made from those forms. Simon Bowman Junior investigates traditional photography techniques and processes in his recent work, gotemploying 35mm photographic film, as well as other staples of analogue photography. The artist aims to, perhaps, join the movement expanding photography beyond a tool of documentation and into artistic abstraction. The Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art A not-for-profit organization established by Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia in 2014 to support emerging and mid-career Ghanaian and African artists, advance contemporary Ghanaian art locally and internationally, promote a vibrant market for art locally and encourage art literacy in Ghanaian society. The flagship of the Trust, the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art identifies, rewards and helps develop Ghana’s most outstanding artists between the ages of 25 and 40. Winners and runners-up benefitted from prize money and materials totalling thirty-five thousand cedis (GHS 35,000) in 2018. The Prize contributes to the Ghanaian art ecosystem by inspiring Ghanaian and African artists to produce work that will attract both local and international audiences.

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